Sunday, May 3, 2009

Goats for Google

Photo via The Official Google Blog.

Google, Inc. is striving to increase it’s Scryve rating. What is a Scryve rating? The explanation from Treehugger says this:
Using a 1 to 10 scale Scryve rates companies on combined environmental and social records. Ratings reflect the averages of several trailing indicators: providing a high-level "snapshot" of past performance rather than of recent actions and future intent.

One of the inventive ways Google is reducing their carbon footprint and becoming more eco-friendly is by trading in their lawn mowers for goats.

This from Google, Inc.:
This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not "kidding"). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

Previously, the Mesa, AZ Utilities Department decided to try this natural alternative to landscaping.

From Mesa Arizona's government website:
The Utilities Department has approved a contract with Arizona Herdsman Eco Goats to clear the slopes of the water retention ponds for the next six months. On Jan. 5, the first ten of 80 goats were brought to their new grazing sight.

An environmental thumbs up to Google, Inc. and the Utilities Department of Mesa, AZ.

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